Creating a Resilient, Connected Community + FREE Biochar Workshop

Hey there park pals,

Can you believe that February is already here!? Well good thing, because we have some fun stuff happening this month! To get things kicked off, we will be having our regularly scheduled Sunday work party from 11am to 1pm. In addition to the regular maintenance tasks, we will be continuing pruning projects and some indoor bird and bee house painting. We’re also beginning to plan and work towards spring planting season in the garden beds. So grab your raincoat and winter boots and come on out!

Free Compost & Biochar Workshop

As we hinted last week, we will be hosting a special event this month at the park. Starting at 11am on Sunday, February 18, we will be gathering for an educational workshop on composting and biochar!

Biochar is a 2,000 year-old practice that converts agricultural waste into a water filter and soil enhancer that can hold carbon, boost food security, and discourage deforestation. Sustainable biochar is one of the few technologies that is relatively inexpensive, widely applicable, and quickly scalable. And as part of our new compost efforts at the park, we’re going to be hosting this workshop free for the public!

Join Heather Wood from OlySunrise Compost Concierge and our compost team along with biochar experts Rick Fellows and Tim Thetford for an in depth workshop on its chemistry, creation, and application. Plus, we’ll be cooking some goodies to eat and enjoy on a char stove!

For more information about this event please visit the facebook event page at:

Creating a Resilient, Connected Community

When the West Central Park Project was first founded back in 2013, the vision was to create a walkable neighborhood and a resilient, connected community. And as the years have gone by, that vision has grown beyond what any of us could have imagined. Now, over four years down the road, a lot has changed and grown both at the park and on the surrounding properties tucked between Harrison, Cushing, and Division streets. And we often get asked what the actual relationship between these properties are.

The West Central Park Project, located on the corner of Harrison Avenue and Division Street, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Unlike a commercial business, it is not owned by an individual but instead managed and operated by a board of directors under a set of bylaws with the purpose of charitable benefits to the community. It is also completely financially dependent on donations and grant funding.

However, the surrounding properties are part of the West Central Park Neighborhood Center (WCPNC), a locally owned and operated commercial business center. The WCPNC includes Phoebe’s Pastry Cafe on Division, The Marie Bed & Breakfast on Cushing, the upcoming Park Side Cafe and Food Truck Court on Harrison, plus the few other adjacent properties still in the planning phases.

Although the West Central Park Project and the WCPNC are separate entities, there is an undeniable unity among all the projects that happen around the block here. With the Park’s goal of creating a resilient and connected community, the symbiotic relationship it has with the surrounding WCPNC businesses is an important piece of that. As the business development continues over the next few years, we hope to do more interconnected work together and create opportunities for public education and recreation for years to come!

For more information about the WCPNC, please visit their business page at If you would like to learn more about volunteering and events at the West Central Park Project, please contact us at

Have a lovely weekend!